okie


okie

noun Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.

  1. a term used to refer to a migrant farm worker from Oklahoma or nearby states, especially one who moved westward during the Great Depression.
  2. a term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma.

noun

  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a native of Okinawa.

adjective

  1. belonging to the Okinawan people.

noun US slang, sometimes offensive

  1. an inhabitant of Oklahoma
  2. an impoverished migrant farm worker, esp one who left Oklahoma during the Depression of the 1930s to work elsewhere in the US

“migrant agricultural worker,” especially one driven from farms in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, 1938, short for U.S. state of Oklahoma. “Okie use’ ta mean you was from Oklahoma. Now it means you’re a dirty son-of-a-bitch.” [John Steinbeck, “The Grapes of Wrath,” 1939]

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